HC Deb 16 January 1940 vol 356 cc24-5W
Mr. Garro Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that members of the Civil Air Guard possessing their "A" pilot's licences who were under 30 years of age and who enlisted into the Royal Air Force for ground duties or for air crews, have not since been given opportunities as pilots; and whether he will inquire into the possibility of providing such opportunities?

Sir K. Wood

Members of the Civil Air Guard under 32 years of age are being invited, under special arrangements, to attest for flying duties. Those who fulfil the necessary educational and medical requirements, and are adjudged in all other respects suitable by the Aviation Candidates Selection Board, are recommended for the type of flying duty for which they are considered most suited. Those recommended for training as pilots will be called up for training as and when vacancies occur. Those not selected for flying duties may enlist for ground duties.

Those who have voluntarily enlisted for ground duties otherwise than under these arrangements will be eligible, in common with all serving airmen, for recommendation for training as pilots under conditions of which details will be issued shortly. It will be appreciated that not all holders of an "A" pilot's licence are necessarily suitable as Service pilots.